I often get asked from parents and grandparents “how do you know if a child needs to be adjusted?” Or “how do you know if a child has brain and nervous system impairment?” Just like any condition there are varying degrees of severity. Children on the lower end of severity or children in whom issues take years to develop sometimes slip through the cracks and early intervention gets missed. Did you know that most children are diagnosed on the spectrum at age 5, yet most parents recognize an issue around age 2? How many times do parents get told that their child will “grow out of it” or “it is normal” and then by age 10 they are on a handful of medications for asthma, allergies, acid reflux, and other “normal” illnesses? A friend of mine has a daughter who as an infant who would sleep no more than 45 minutes. 45 minutes! Ever! During the daytime naps, during the night time….no more than 45 minutes. She also would keep her fists clenched tightly and would scream if not held. The pediatrician said this was normal and would probably go away after a few months. Normal? No, this is not normal! Luckily she reached out to me and within 3 visits her baby was relaxed and sleeping and smiling and has developed into a fun and active now 2 year old.
Every parent has a choice. Every parent needs to determine what choice is best for their family. That may not include chiropractic care. That may include wait and see. But for those families who are open to an evaluation, then an open mind is all I ask. Once you have the information you can then make another choice.
The reason we recommend a baseline evaluation on every child is because once we know their baseline health it is easier to monitor for changes and potential problems. There are several areas that we evaluate, in additional to spinal health, and several areas we recommend parents monitor.
- Emotional – Does your child shut down? Do they cry a lot? Does their reaction seem to “not fit” the situation? Are they impulsive? Do they have a hard time transitioning from one situation to another?
- Behavioral- Do they become easily frustrated? Do they have a hard time communicating or using their imagination? Are they delayed in milestones such as walking? Are they clumsy?
- Personality- Have you seen them change from kind to mean? Have you seen a change from good student to failing? Have you seen them change from social to isolated? Do they have a poor self image?
- Sensory- Do they have an overreaction to touch, movement, sight or sound? Or an under-reaction?
- Learning- Do they have delays in speech and language? Do they have delays in academic achievement?
You may be wondering what this has to do with chiropractic. Chiropractic is about whole body wellness. About your body being able to grow and adapt and adjust. The nervous system controls everything. If a child has a learning disability and they get tutoring (which is also a super important step) then they may be able to pass a class and improve their classroom skills but it doesn’t help their brain and body function or remove past damage. Dr. Chad has specific training for acute injuries that help many people. I have specific training in child development and prenatal care. Happy pregnancy = Happy baby. Healthy mom = Healthy baby. A baseline assessment as well as routine chiropractic care can help a child grow without interference and help us recognize delays and changes sooner allowing for earlier intervention. Most children I treat are healthy and their parents have been patients and the family is on a wellness routine with chiropractic. Many parents of children with health issues don’t realize they may be helped with chiropractic. If you are one of those parents or you know someone who has a child who is always sick, taking a bunch of medications, always at doctor’s appointments…..share our information. Don’t give up on your child’s health before speaking with me.
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